A Witch's Kitchen by Dianna Sanchez
Published by: Dreaming Robot Press
Summary: Millie’s a witch, so why can’t she do magic? Despite her mother’s best efforts to teach her, every spell Millie tries goes horribly wrong, but she’s a fabulous cook. When Millie conjures chocolate sauce instead of a transformation potion, her mother gives up and sends her to the Enchanted Forest School, where she’s bullied by goblins, snubbed by an elf, and has her hat stolen. Even as Millie’s magical talent begins to develop, turning her house ghost into a frog and accidentally charming her entire class, Millie starts to wonder: what if she’s not a witch at all? To find out, she and her new friends embark on a dangerous quest to find Millie’s father in the Logical Realm, in contemporary Salem, MA. Deep in a fantasy realm adjacent to our own, the Enchanted Forest School is located in the branches of an enormous oak tree and has a dragon for a headmistress. Millie’s initial delight in attending school rapidly fades as she struggles in the unfamiliar social environment, encountering fellow students of magical races, making new friends, and discovering that her mother’s style of magic isn’t the only one available.
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Thoughts: This has to be one of the most delightful books I've read in a long time! It all starts with a simple storyline and familiar cast. But this doesn't last for long. A Witch's Kitchen trails after the cliques but avoids them marvelously, turning this story into an unpredictable adventure! I wasn't expecting the plot to twist like it did and the ending definitely stepped up in being both complex and surprising...but I'm not going to spoil it. You'll just have to read it. Needless to say, top marks to the plot!
The writing is great. Light and easy to keep the attention of it's target audience but without becoming too childish for older readers to enjoy. The overall tone is cute and sweet, reflecting the point of view of the main character.
Which, of course, leads me into cast. It's fabulous. I'm going to just let you all know now that this was my favorite part of this book. The children are adorable and well written. They laughed and struggled and tried their best to make everything right. They were so great and the relationship between them (especially Max and Millie) was priceless!
Content: Magic and witches and wizards, obviously. Otherwise a clean read and a real treat for fantasy lovers of all ages!
*I was given a free ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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